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Scotland hoping for boost as Hogg nears early return

 

By Steve Simpson

Scotland star Stuart Hogg will be assessed ahead of the autumn Test match against Fiji at Murrayfield on Saturday after returning to the squad ahead of schedule following ankle surgery.

The Glasgow Warriors full-back picked up the injury in the win over Munster on September 7 and following his operation was expected to be out for up to 12 weeks.

The Scots host Fiji before games against the Springboks and Argentina, and Hogg, 26, was one of six players called into Gregor Townsend's squad following the 21-10 defeat by Wales in Cardiff at the weekend.

Scotland's forward coach Danny Wilson said: "There are still a few boxes to tick, a few decisions to make on that. But he has made really good progress.

"He is ahead of schedule so we will see how he goes."

Wilson joined Townsend's backroom staff in the summer and is looking for the Scots to make up for the defeat in Wales.

The former Cardiff Blues head coach said: "I am really looking forward to my first experience of Murrayfield. A lot of guys have told me the atmosphere at those games is second to none.

"Being at home, it is a really important game for us and coming off a defeat at Wales, and building towards the Six Nations and in the longer term the World Cup, it is an important game for us.

"We must improve, put a bit more of an imprint on our attacking and finishing-zone rugby."

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